The Reds are on a bit of a roll and have Anthony DeSclafani back in the rotation now.  The bullpen is about to get a boost as Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias are due to return from their rehab assignments next week.  We also just had Jose Peraza called up to replace an injured Jordan […]

Daniel Wright (IL Pitcher of the Week last week.), Josh Smith, A.J. Morris, and Dayan Diaz get their turn to pitch for the big league club this week.  Why not, nobody else can get the job done.  Let’s see what is going on down on the farm so we’ll at least know the names of […]

The pitching reinforcements are just about ready to arrive.  It may be just in time as recent rotation addition Jon Moscot (4.02 ERA) reported soreness in his non-pitching shoulder in last night’s start.  With Homer Bailey, Anthony DeSclafani, and John Lamb all nearing the end of their rehab assignments there could be some upcoming roster […]

With the two big trades last week we have some new top prospects to keep tabs of down on the farm.  We also have some players moving around between minor league teams.  Let’s take a look at what is going on down on the farm. AAA Louisville Bats SP Robert Stephenson, who in 6 GS […]

Games Played on 09/02/13

Minor League Player of the Day: Bakersfield RF Juan Duran: He went 3 for 3 with 3 HR (20) and a BB.

AAA

Louisville 7 – Indianapolis 5

Denis Phipps slugged a walk off Grand Slam HR with two outs in the bottom of the 9th to give the Bats the victory. Phipps went 2 for 5 with a HR. Mike Costanzo went 2 for 4 with a 2B and a BB. Mike Hessman went 1 for 3 with a 2B and 2 BB.

Yohan Pino got no decision as he went 4 IP and allowed 2 R on 6 H and 0 BB with 3 K. Nick Christiani added 1 IP of scoreless relief. Trevor Bell got the win allowing 1 R over 1 IP of relief.

The Bats completed the season with a 69 – 75 record in 3rd place in the International League West.

AA

Mobile 10 – Pensacola 1

Corey Wimberly went 1 for 2 with a BB. Devin Lohman and Juan Silverio each doubled.

Robert Stephenson got the loss as he went 1 IP and allowed 3 R on 3 H and 2 BB with 1 K. Parker Frazier added 3.1 IP of scoreless relief.

The Blue Wahoos completed the season with a 59 – 79 record in 5th place in the Southern League South.

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Games Played on 9/1/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville RHP, Pedro Villarreal, threw 6 innings of shutout baseball against the Indians. He allowed only 2 hits, didn’t walk a batter, and struck out 8. That runs his record in AAA to 4-9 on the season and his ERA stands at 4.43. His WHIP […]

Minor League Player of the Day: Ismael Guillon (Dayton): 6 IP, 1 Hit, 0 Runs, 1 Walk, 9 Strikeouts.  Win. AAA Indianapolis 4 – Louisville 3 Kristopher Negron went 2-4 with a homerun, run scored, and 2 RBI.  It was his 5th homerun of the season. Tim Crabbe allowed 1 unearned run on 5 hits […]

Games Played on 8/29/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Chad Rogers allowed just 3 hits over 7 innings for his second straight start. He allowed just one run, the three hits and two walks while striking out four.

AAA
Louisville 2 – Columbus 1

Chad Rogers allowed just one run, three hits and two walks over 7 innings while striking out four. Curtis Partch and Jose Diaz combined to keep the Clippers off the board over the final two innings.

Derrick Robinson and Neftali Soto each had a pair of hits. Henry Rodriguez singled, walked and stole second base twice. Corky Miller is back with the Bats on a rehab assignment and went 1-for-2 with a walk as the team’s DH.

Billy Hamilton only reached once on a first inning single, stole 2nd and 3rd base (75th of the year) but was left stranded 90 feet from home plate.

AA
Mobile 2 – Pensacola 1

Carlos Contreras allowed a run, 3 hits, 4 walks, hit a batter and struck out 2 in 5.1 innings. While wild in the game, the lone run he allowed came on a solo homerun. Parker Frazier (1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K) surrendered the other run in the 7th inning.

Donald Lutz (2-for-4) hit a pair of doubles. Yorman Rodriguez (1-for-4) doubled and scored the only Pensacola run. Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Tucker Barnhart (1-for-4) knocked in Rodriguez and also threw out a runner trying to steal second base.

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Games Played on 8/28/2013 Minor League Player of the Day: The Reds 2013 2nd round draft pick, Kevin Franklin reached base four of the five times at the plate last night with two singles, a double and a walk. He scored once and had two runs batted in. AAA Columbus 7 – Louisville 4 Louisville […]

Games Played on 8/22/2013

Minor League Player of the Day: Robert Stephenson allowed just one unearned run and struck out 8 over 5 innings despite not having location of his fastball. Details below and in the milb.com front page news story.

AAA
Louisville 5 – Toledo 2

Daniel Corcino was pulled in the 4th inning of a 1-1 tie game with two on and two out. The runners did not scored, and Corcino’s final line was just 1 run allowed on 4 hits but 5 walks with 3 strikeouts.

I’m a little surprised that Zach Duke (24.2 IP in 23 games, 19 H, 4 BB, 27 K) was not the reliever to get the call when Jonathan Broxton hit the DL this week. Duke got the last out of the 4th inning and went on to pitch 2 scoreless innings with a hit, a walk and two strikeouts. Pedro Villarreal added two scoreless innings in relief with no hits, one walk, and three strikeouts.

Mike Hessman (2-for-4) hit his 23rd homerun of the year and also doubled. Billy Hamilton (2-for-4) stole his 73rd base of the season and scored twice. Neftali Soto (2-for-4) doubled, scored a run, and knocked in a run. Henry Rodriguez (2-for-4) also had a pair of hits, and continued his torrid August (.403/.457/.444).

AA
Huntsville 2 – Pensacola 1

In his second AA start, Robert Stephenson made milb.com front page news for not having his best stuff. Stephenson allowed only one unearned run on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 8.

“Actually, things weren’t going too well,” the 20-year-old right-hander said. “I didn’t have very good control over my fastball, I was all over the place with it. I got kind of lucky, having my curveball tonight, that kind of saved me. My catcher [Tucker Barnhart] did an outstanding job tonight, and without him, I would have given up a couple of runs.

“It’s a good learning experience, especially learning how to deal with adversity. I think it’s very important. I think it’s a positive. It’s nice to have success, but I think the struggles are where you learn a lot.”

The full article is definitely worth the read and mentions Stephenson’s goals of reaching the major league team next year.

Stephenson and Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Tucker Barnhart combined to gun down the only Huntsville base theft attempt. Barnhart (1-for-3, BB) and Mike Costanzo (1-for-3, BB) were the only Pensacola players to reach based more than once. Ryan LaMarre tripled in the 6th inning and scored on Costanzo’s single for the only Pensacola run.

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Games Played on 08/20/13 Minor League Player of the Day: Louisville SP Greg Reynolds: He got the win as he went 9 IP and allowed 1 R on 5 H and 0 BB with 4 K. AAA Louisville 5 – Rochester 1 Mike Hessman went 2 for 4 with 2 2B and a BB. Billy […]

Minor League Player of the Day: Carlos Sanchez (Billings) went 2-4 with a homerun, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI.  On the season, Sanchez is now batting .224/.265/.327 with Billings in 156 at-bats.  He has 3 homeruns and 22 RBI.  He had 24 at-bats with Dayton this season where he hit .304/.333/.391. AAA Pawtucket 7 […]